'Twid' Turner & Team on Patagonian New Route: The Devil Rides Out

by Jack Geldard & Twid Turner Jun/2008
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+Nearing the top of The Devil Rides Out, 74 kb
A strong British team have forced a new line on a huge pillar in the Badar valley - Torres del Paine. Mike 'Twid' Turner, Geoff Hibbert and Bob Brewer climbed the 20 pitch overhanging route they have named The Devil Rides Out (A4 E2/3 800m). (The team were helped on the lower pitches by Pete Jones, who then had to return to the UK)

Twid describes the route:

"It was a line I had seen on three previous trips into the Bader valley in Torres del Paine. The route was mostly overhanging after 200m and climbed a splendid pillar leading to a spiky summit."

The route was completed over 12 days of climbing with only 15 days in Torres del Paine. Time was precious, so the team had to climb despite terrible weather conditions. The cold and snowy nature of the route forced the team to resort to aid where they would normally have tried to climb free. The top half of the route followed thin seams and cracks; giving sustained hard aid climbing on hooks and pegs. The epic final pitch of A4 was a one of the hardest aid pitches Twid has climbed and took 5 hours to complete.

Twid is supported by Boreal, DMM and Mammut.

You can read more about Twid's exploits on his website: climbwales.co.uk

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